Before proceeding through this article, there is one thing we all have to establish first and it is the definition of astrology. Astrology is the study of constellations and the movements of celestial beings in relation to human events. So the first thing that comes to our minds now are horoscopes.
Many people consider horoscopes to be utterly illogical and impractical because there’s no scientific evidence to support how constellations affect what happens with our lives. This causes them to frown upon others who do believe that astrology impacts us in one way or another. In this progressive society, it has become blasphemous to believe in horoscopes even though centuries ago, astrology played an important role in how people lived their lives. Famous psychologist Karl Jung and ancient philosopher Ptolemy were among many great minds who, despite having paved the way for the future success of modern thought, believed in the machinations of astrology.
That is not a promotion of the belief of astrology. All I’m saying is that if you’re one of the people who put their faith in astrology or rather, one who likes to look at their horoscope and chart the course of their day basing on what they saw, then there’s no need to feel down if someone doesn’t agree with — or heavily ridicule — your perspective. “To each their own,” as the saying goes. But if you do like to look at your horoscope to see how your day, week, or month will turn out, it’s only fair that you should consider this very important fact about astrology, and that is it is not a science.
Astrology is strictly not to be confused with the real science of astronomy. Let’s go back to our definitions. Though both are defined as the study of outer space phenomena, astrology relates stars to events in the world while astronomy pertains to the actual study of stars and space. Meaning, astronomy is backed up by hard and real evidence that help give us an explanation as to why things in outer space work the way they do. In the meantime, astrology merely gives us an idea — no, a guess — why things happen to us, plainly because the stars say so.
Knowing that astrology isn’t a science should be enough for one to reconsider their thoughts on the this field of thought. Being in our 20s allows us the privilege to learn more about society and the world. We’re past the point of differentiating the basics of right and wrong; now we’re picking up things on our own and fitting it with the philosophy that’s been taught to us by various people. That means being in our 20s at this age and day beckons us to be more critical in the things we feed our minds with. And of all the things that are nourishing our brains, science is one of the more important vitamins.
Science has become mankind’s necessity — knowledge being the nutrition we need and curiosity our hunger. Among the countless things science has taught us is that we must think logically and critically. If there is something we believe to be reality and its existence is questioned by insufficient proof, then faith is what we have towards that object. Faith is good and we need it as human beings. But faith in the unknown isn’t what science is all about.
And one last thing. We’re all blessed with numerous unfathomable characteristics and when the horoscope tells you what your best/worst attributes are in a very general sense, odds are one or a few of them will be right. It’s like unloading an entire 200-bullet magazine unto a target; chances are a few are going to hit the target. Read: Barnum Effect.
So if you’re in your 20s and still believe in Astrology, then maybe it’s time to ponder on it over a nice cup of tea and reconsider whether to pick up this morning’s readings from the stars.